April 10, 2013
Researchers at the University of Virginia are developing a new drug that could help treat potentially deadly infections.
The new antibiotic will treat serious gastrointestinal infections, which kills 14,000 Americans each year.
The drug has been well-tolerated in mice, and has not shown any dangerous side-effects. The antibiotic also doesn’t appear to harm the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
"The probiotics that everyone is given back to replenish your normal floor in your gut, it doesn't touch these organisms," said Professor Paul Hoffman. "It's remarkable to have a drug that hits only the bad guys and spares the good guys."
The next step is to test the safety and effectiveness of the drug in humans during clinical trials.